Haven has been diagnosed with having ME/CFS, which is an illness characterized by a person experimenting with debilitating fatigue levels; there were not many exercises I could do. The exercise that I definitely couldn’t do at the time was high intensity such as running, weightlifting, skipping. The reason why high-intensity exercises were a huge problem for me is because they often caused me to experience relapses in CFS symptoms, primarily fatigue and joint pain.
Power of Walking
Recovering from my ME/CFS was a big hurdle to overcome and certainly wasn’t an overnight process. For many people with ME/CFS, the thought of exercise can sound intimidating as most practices, especially high-intensity activities, can lead to relapses. Fortunately for me, though, the one exercise that worked wonders was walking! Walking was an excellent exercise for me during my recovery from CFS because it kept me fit and didn’t was low intensity. The fact that walking was a low-intensity exercise meant that I didn’t feel burnt out and drained when doing it and was able to keep consistent at it.
Don’t walk before you can run.
Not only did walking build up my fitness levels during my recovery from CFS, but played a huge part in me building my fitness levels to the point where I would start running. Yes, walking acted as a foundation for me to be fit enough to the point where I could run regularly. In addition, going for regular walks served as a keystone habit. It made me more accustomed to exercising regularly.